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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — April 14, 2014


Anti-SLAPP Victory in Oregon: Anti-Telemarketing Blog Wins Big with Pro Bono Help

Here’s a hard fact about free speech: vindicating it in American courts takes either money (and lots of it), or lawyers willing to provide pro bono help. Right is right, and law is law, but court is court — and winning in court generally requires competent representation, which is ruinously expensive for normal people. It’s not fair, it’s not right, but it’s true.  Therefore the vitality of the First Amendment depends not just on the law, but on the service of lawyers like Troy Sexton of Motschenbacher & Blattner LLP in Portland, Oregon.

Charlotte School of Law Hosts Clinic for Victims of Beazer Homes

If you bought a home from Beazer Homes between August 2001 and August 2007, you may be eligible for restitution payments.  Charlotte School of Law students will hold a free clinic Saturday, April 26, to help home buyers who were victims of Beazer’s mortgage practices.

Drone Killing Policy Withstands Challenge

The Obama administration’s use of unmanned drones to kill terrorism suspects overseas has withstood its strongest legal challenge — a constitutional lawsuit by the father of a U.S. citizen slain by a missile strike in Yemen nearly three years ago.  The case was dismissed on Friday in a forty-one-page decision by a federal judge in Washington, D.C., Rosemary M. Collyer.  Her ruling can be appealed.

N.C. Sen. Dan Clodfelter Named Charlotte Mayor

State Sen. Dan Clodfelter was named mayor of Charlotte Monday night, replacing Patrick Cannon, who resigned nearly two weeks ago after his arrest on federal corruption charges.

ABA Survey Finds 10% of Lawyers Have Blogs: I’m Not Buying It

LexisNexis’ Frank Strong (@Frank_Strong), reporting from last week’s ABA TechShow shares that per an ABA Technology Survey, 10% of lawyers have blogs.  The survey goes further in finding that 27% of law firms have legal blogs.  On first glance I liked those numbers. That would be a heck of a lot of lawyers providing insight and commentary on the law.  But you need to take a step back and take a critical look.

Thom Tillis Gets Cash Boost in North Carolina Senate Fight

Thom Tillis, one of the Republicans running against Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina, raised $1.3 million in the first three months of the year, according to a person familiar with his totals.  The first-quarter fundraising haul – his best since entering the race last spring – comes as congressional Republicans rally around Mr. Tillis, the speaker of the North Carolina House, ahead of a crowded May 6 primary.

61% of US Adults Don’t Keep Track of Their Money

In case you didn’t mark it on your calendar, April is Financial Literacy Month.  That’s 30 days dedicated to educating consumers about the contents of their wallets, spearheaded by nonprofit credit counseling agency Money Management International.  And why do we need an entire month of learning? A survey by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling gives us a clue.

Lawyer iPhone and iPad Accessories

One of my favorite parts of ABA TECHSHOW a few weeks ago was a presentation that Ben Stevens and I gave on March 27, 2014 called iGadgets and iGear for the iLawyer.  In that session, Ben and I talked about and showed off some of our favorite iPhone and iPad accessories.

Happy Birthday, Maya Angelou: The Beloved Author Recites Her Poem “Phenomenal Woman”

From her extraordinary autobiographies to her beautiful essays to her lesser-known children’s verses, Angelou has served as an inspiration to generations. To generations of women in particular, her poem “Phenomenal Woman,” found in the sublime and soul-lifting 1978 poetry volume And Still I Rise (public library), became an anthem of empowerment, and nowhere does it come to life more beautifully than as it pours out from Angelou’s own lips, who recites her iconic poem in this rare recording…

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ALR Student’s Corner: Bankruptcy Blog


Bankruptcy Blog is very accessible to a wide audience, in that the blog encompasses complex portions of the bankruptcy process and still takes precautions to explain the most fundamental of bankruptcy concepts as they come up in a given article. For example, one entry briefly addresses what happens to the filer’s debts in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Of course, for an attorney practicing in the field of bankruptcy, this explanation would be overly simplistic and without purpose. For this reason, I think the blog tries to appeal to the general public with discussions and legal explanations that it can read and understand. But, the blog also provides a well laid out report of current changes in bankruptcy law and interesting rulings in bankruptcy court that a bankruptcy attorney would find helpful.

The blog is updated daily on the weekdays, where a new article is submitted for subscribers and website visitors to view. Occasionally, more than one blog entry is made on a given day. Each blog title is catchy and sometimes contains a pop culture reference to draw the attention of the reader. When a contributor to the blog analyzes a particular court decision or code section, she cites the cases discussed and hyperlinks to those cases and the relevant portions of the Bankruptcy Code. Contributors to the blog post their biographies (i.e. education, bar admission, lists of publications) and contact information. There is also a method for subscribers and visitors to leave general questions or comments on the blog.


Navigating Bankruptcy Blog is easy.  Its posts can be browsed by category, author or date. For instance, to narrow your selection to only those articles about credit bidding, you would select the topic from the “Category” drop down list which is located at the bottom right of the home page. Blog entries can also be browsed from the archives which date back to September 2010. At the top of the page, there is a shortcut for subscribing to the blog and a feature that showcases a new bankruptcy term. Overall, the appearance of the blog is clean and concise; there are no pesky ads that pop up or clutter the sides of the pages, and the presentation of the posts is in classic black and white.

Having taken Bankruptcy Law in law school, I was interested in a few articles, particularly one entitled “You’re Insolvent, but Not That Insolvent” which discusses some potential changes to one of my favorite topics, fraudulent transfers. The article analyzes In re HDD Rotary Sales, Inc., a decision of the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas that expanded upon the issue of fraudulent transfers vs. obligations, a distinction that I knew little to nothing about before reading the blog. Similarly, the article “Call Me (a Good), Maybe” was also very interesting because it helped to tackle the issue of electricity consumption being a good under the bankruptcy code. I had little prior knowledge about this issue, and the analysis of the court, as presented by the blog, was an entertaining read.

I have enjoyed following the Bankruptcy Blog for these past few weeks. I think it is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the subject, and I would recommend the blog to lay people as well as practicing attorneys and law students.

~ Cheri Todd, L’ 14 ~

Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.

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ALR Student’s Corner: LLC Law Monitor

Doug Batey, a partner at the law firm Stoel Rives in Seattle, authors the blog LLC Law Monitor on the ABA Journal site.


He has a business law practice and advises companies and executives on a broad range of issues, including mergers and acquisitions; corporate, securities and commercial law; limited liability companies and corporate governance. He has advised a number of start-up and early stage entrepreneurial companies from business formation, seed round and venture capital financings, through successful growth and later acquisitions. He is also a member of the Partnership and LLC Law Committee of the Business Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association.

This blog gives readers insight and commentary on the law of limited liability companies. Mr. Batey’s target audience includes readers who are educated on the subject and simply want to keep up-to-date on any recent legal news or changes to the law of LLCs.  Since July 19, 2013, Mr. Batey has posted thirteen articles that discuss recent court opinions and new state laws related to limited liability companies. I found myself wishing that he posted more frequently because the information from the posts is so helpful.  He might also consider giving a bit more context for his discussions, such as additional background information or supplemental materials on LLCs and the laws pertaining to them, particularly for those unfamiliar with this area of law.


One of the blog posts from LLC Law Monitor that I found particularly interesting discussed two recent bankruptcy cases and the courts’ inconsistent treatment of member rights in LLC operating agreements. In one case, a bankruptcy court enforced a member’s right to receive an assignment of the other member’s equity in an LLC. In the other case, the court ignored state LLC law and the debtor’s LLC agreement in order to allow the trustee to assert management rights in the debtor’s LLC. Mr. Batey further discusses, in another notable blog post, how the Federal Incorporation Transparency Act is being reintroduced to Congress with the requirement that states collect information from organizers of LLCs and corporations about their direct and indirect individual owners, whether U.S. or foreign residents, and then provide that information when requested by state and federal agencies. Mr. Batey believes such a law would be burdensome on states and legitimate businesses, is currently ambiguous and poorly drafted, and might be an invasion of privacy. In each article, Mr. Batey gives definitions, background information and additional references on the particular topic of the article and then discusses the topic further.  Additionally, each article is appropriately meta-tagged and provides adequate links to outside resources, such as court opinions and annotated codes.

I will likely continue to follow LLC Law Monitor in order to stay up-to-date on recent events and laws related to limited liability companies.

~ Melissa Dahl, L’14 ~

Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.

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Character and Fitness for Admission to the North Carolina State Bar: A New Research Guide for You


If you are applying or plan to apply for admission to the North Carolina State Bar, be sure to check out Charlotte School of Law’s ResearchGuide titled “Character and Fitness for Admission to the North Carolina State Bar.”

The guide provides applicants helpful resources and information about the Character and Fitness portion of the North Carolina bar application.  Included in the “General Resources” tab are links to and information about the rules on character and fitness furnished by the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners (NCBLE).  There is also a section about the requirements and guidelines governing full disclosure on the application and during the candidate interview(s).  Additionally, the “General Resources” tab includes a link to the NCBLE’s forms, along with helpful tips and a link to a survival guide published by the Young Lawyers Division.

Under the tab titled “Personal History and Records,” applicants can find resources to aid them in the disclosure of required personal information and documents.  Such items would include previous addresses, education and employment records, and tax and credit history.  The guide also provides tips and resources for the disclosure of criminal and traffic violations and civil court records.

Finally, the guide offers links and information concerning the disclosure of sensitive items, such as addiction and mental health, and other items under the “Special Circumstances” tab.  If applicants have held other professional licenses or have possessed any type of business ownership or interest, this tab may be helpful in understanding the disclosure requirements for such information.  Applicants who have served in the military can learn more about the disclosure of their military records under this tab as well.

To learn more about any of the information contained in the ResearchGuide, contact a counselor in the Bar Passage Department, which is located on the seventh floor of the Charlotte Plaza building.

~Shannon Reid~

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Satisfied Law Students | Inside Higher Ed

Great posting from Inside Higher Education about law school student engagement and overall satisfaction!

Satisfied Law Students | Inside Higher Ed

For more information about the resources and services provided to you through the Charlotte School of Law’s Center for Professional Development, check out our LibGuide.

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ALR Student’s Corner: crImmigration Blog


With Immigration Reform looming in the forefront of news reports and White House speeches, it is no wonder that Immigration Law has become so blurred that many citizens, and non-citizens alike, do not know or understand what is going on with immigration in the United States. The crImmigration blog is sponsored by Garcia & Garcia Attorneys at Law, PLLC. This blog attempts to define some of the obscurity in Immigration Law and fill in some of the gaps that are not covered on the nightly news or featured in the daily newspaper. The blogger, César Cuauhtémoc Garcia Hernández, is an attorney at Garcia and Garcia and is a visiting professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. In 2012, the ABA Journal announced that crImmigration was one of the top 100 law blogs of the year. There are also a number of academic articles written by César that are available through hyperlinks on the blog site. These articles cover an array of immigration topics from a book review on Social Control and Justice: CrImmigration in the Age of Fear to Due Process and Immigrant Detainee Prison Transfers. The articles date back as far as spring of 2009, and could be used as secondary sources during research for immigration issues.

The content of the blog itself is very detailed and packed full of information. César started the blog in 2009 and has actively provided current and relevant information regarding immigration in the United States. He blogs about once or twice a week and also posts information about events and conferences that are taking place throughout law schools in the United States regarding immigration, human rights, and crimmigration laws. There are a number of topics centered on immigration issues and criminal consequences against immigrants. César even has actual footage posted on the blog site of drones that are being used for patrolling the U.S. border. Along with the footage, there is an explanation on how the Customs and Border Protection unit of DHS (Department of Homeland Security) is considering equipping the drones with non-lethal weapons for the sole purpose of immobilizing the men, women, and children trying to cross the border undetected. César provides information about current issues being addressed by the BIA (Board of Immigration Appeals) and Homeland Security, and there are a number of cases hyperlinked throughout the blog postings that can be used for further research—such as Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. 356 (2010).


CrImmigration also has informational postings and pertinent articles from other legal sources and individuals that are available for referencing. From the comments added to the blog, most of the viewers are attorneys specializing in Immigration and/or Criminal Law, professors, or law students. This site shows the visitor statistics and how many viewers it has for any given period of time. The blog does not attract a lot of commentators, but from its total views, it seems that visitors often look to it for immigration updates and current news that typically are not covered elsewhere. Another key feature of this blog is the ability to receive updates through email or Twitter. One only has to subscribe to the blog and once it is updated, a notice is sent to the subscriber. If email notification is chosen, the full posting is sent, which alleviates the need to actually pull up the website to view the updates. Another nice feature of this blog is that César provides his email and telephone number on the site. This gives César more creditability than some other bloggers because he is not anonymous with his blog posts, opinions, or the articles he posts by authors whose views he supports.


For those looking to read an uninhibited perspective on Immigration Law and how Criminal Law is impacting this segment of law that is neither civil nor criminal, crImmigration provides a good overview of the immigration situation in the United States. The site is user friendly and easy to view; however, to read the older postings, one has to either go to the bottom of each page and click on “Older Postings,” or use the “Search Only in Titles” search bar located on the right hand side of the web page. With almost four years of information on one blog site, crImmigration can help attorneys, professors, law students, and others analyze important immigration issues and topics—it is almost a one-stop-shop for immigration information and links to other immigration legal resources.


~ Carol Naples, L’15 ~

Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.

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The Law Library Has Moved!


We are now located on the 4th and 5th floor.  Check out our new space!

4th Floor


IT Help Desk

studyroomsStudy Rooms


Copier Room

Quiet Study Area

Library Technical Services

5th Floor


Reference Desk

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Library Administration

Additional Study Rooms

~Brooke Rideout~

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ALR Student’s Corner: A Girl’s Guide to Law School Blog



The intended audience of A Girl’s Guide to Law School is the female J.D. candidate.  The blog focuses intensely on giving helpful information to women law students for surviving their 1L year and beyond.  Pleasantly, the overall tone of the blog is conversational and very welcoming – after a few days, you will feel as though you are sitting with a good, comfortable acquaintance.

Subject Matter:

Generally, I found the subject matter appropriate for the audience.  I caught myself being “lost” in the information presented because I was so interested.  Occasionally, I caught myself thinking, “I wish I had read this during my 1L year,” or “This information will come in handy as I begin prepping for the bar.”  

Blog Substance:

I found it disheartening that, while the blog markets itself towards “girls,” the information that it presents strays from them and its theme of “Get In, Get Through, Stay You.”  While the posts are helpful and applicable to all law school students, there are too few posts that focus explicitly on a “girl’s plight” in law school and comments that inform how the content specifically impacts female law school students.  This was consistently true throughout the blog’s legal discussions, comments, and materials accessed via internal and external links.  Additionally, the side projects and business interests that the blog creator incessantly promotes across the pages of A Girl’s Guide to Law School further dilute its message.

Navigation Tools:

The navigation tools are very easy and not intimidating.  The website is extremely user-friendly for a gamut of surfers, from the novice person to the most technologically savvy. On the blog’s landing page, you will see the following six tabs: (1) Home, (2) Apply, (3) Should I Go, (4) Survive, (5) Get a Job, and (6) Guides.  Only “Get a Job” and “Guides” expand to additional topics.    In the upper right hand corner, the “Resources” and “Sitemap” tabs provide the most useful information.  The “Resources” tab recommends other books and materials, primarily for the blog’s target audience, and maintains a sense of fun and light-heartedness.  The “Sitemap” tab lists the posts’ topics by various categories, but is in no way a legitimate substitute for a search box.

Research Tools:

The tools for researching are somewhat useful.  The blog posts are archived and arranged by month.  Additionally, the blog posts are tagged with metadata tags to better organize the content.  But since there is no search box, the surfer must go to the sitemap to locate articles based on particular content criteria.  I found the sitemap only after having had spent weeks exploring the blog’s intricacies, but since it is the only search option, it needs more prominent placement within the blog.  Additionally, A Girl’s Guide to Law School hyperlinks to internal and external sources that are relevant to all law students.

Social Networking Tools:

The tools for social networking are quite prominent.  More than the blog itself, the social networking sites post materials that are female-friendly and discussions that pertain specifically to women’s issues.

Blog Updates:

Followers can receive updates to A Girl’s Guide to Law School via Twitter (@GirlsGuidetoLS), RSS feed, Facebook and LinkedIn.  Because the blog creator is a frequent contributor to multiple social media sites, there is sometimes more interaction there than on the actual blog.


Blog Posts:

New content appears on the blog daily, typically from outside contributors and not from Alison Monahan, the blog’s creator.  She only writes posts a few times a month.  But, she is extremely active on the social networking sites and claims to read every email sent to the blog, other commitments that justifiably stymie her regular contribution to the blog.  When new content appears, it is at least five to six substantive posts with embedded links to internal and external sites.  The new content is also quite current with the news of the world, so, as a follower of the blog, I don’t feel as though I am “missing out” on anything.

Blog Comments:

The number of comments to the posts is very limited, from one to five on average, and the substance of the comments is brief and disengaging. At first glance, this would imply that the blog has a small following, but it becomes more notable if the numbers include those comments about the blog from the social networking sites.

Blog Graphics:

The blog uses graphics skillfully and they enhance the visual appeal and provide a general understanding of the blog’s usefulness and scope.

Overall Impression:

A Girl’s Guide to Law School is a very helpful tool with great benefits.  I would certainly encourage others in law school to check it out!


~ Shaitaisha Winston, L’15 ~

Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.

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ALR Student’s Corner: Above the Law Blog

The Above the Law blog is to the legal community what “Page Six” is to The New York Post. Essentially, Above the Law is a daily gossip page of the legal community, often reporting on corporate faux pas, law school face-palms and basically any other public action by attorneys or judges that might result in humiliation.


Although applicable to a general readership, the blog’s humor and subject matter are geared toward the legal community, both J.D. candidates and practicing attorneys. Much like Aesop’s Fables, the blog’s hilarious anecdotes often have important underlying messages for attorneys and law students, such as appropriate attire for corporate (“Big Law”) work and how a supervising attorney might tactfully “ad-dress” a new hire’s fashion disasters (hint: do not take photos of the atrocious attire and post to Facebook).

Additionally, Above the Law posts information keyed loosely to firm size (Big Law, Small Law Firms, Law School and In-Housel Counsel) that may prove useful to those seeking to find or improve employment. One of the blog’s most popular sections is recent news surrounding Big Law, including mergers, attorney migrations and opportunities for vertical movement within the firm. This section informs hopeful prospects about which Big Law firms will be hiring and which are committed to their associates’ internal advancement.


Aside from comedic relief, the blog also offers more “hard” resources, such as job listings (which are not limited solely to legal or law related jobs), law school and firm rankings, and directories. Additionally, the blog posts a daily “Non-Sequiturs” section, which compiles a snapshot of headlines from and links to other legal and political websites.

From Above the Law’s landing page, a reader can narrow a topic by firm size or other criteria, and receive updates or follow the blog via email subscription, RSS feed, Twitter or Facebook. I prefer to scroll through the blog’s pages and read the latest daily headlines. All of the posts include internal links to outside information, such as a judge-bashing-email an attorney accidently sent to the judge in question, or a third party source the author used for research. Usually the in-text links to external sites send you to background information, but in some cases these links will send you directly to a case or firm’s website.


Above the Law also includes metadata tags at the bottom of every post, which allow you to conduct a key word search, such as “SBA funds MPRE” were you searching for the post about the Student Bar Association executive members from a law school who allegedly embezzled SBA funds to pay the registration fee for their Multistate Professional Responsibility Examinations (MPRE).

Don’t forget to peruse the comments after checking out an article or to add your own comment if you feel so inclined. Commenting is anonymous, provided you don’t choose your own name as a username.  The frequency of the comments to the blog varies in relation to a post’s topic and absurdity, and while they occasionally add some substance to the posts, the comments generally build upon the blog’s tongue-in-cheek and facetious humor. Nonetheless, the variety and subject matter of the comments give readers an additional understanding about how legal and political issues are received by the public and legal community.

Take Above the Law for what it is – light reading with a comedic spin. But, don’t discount the substance of the blog because it chooses to deliver legal and political news with a grin. There is useful information to be gained here, such as law firm etiquette, law school fails and successes, tips on client retention, and ethical guidelines for any stage of your career (I’m talking to you “Judge Shirtless McCree”). Plus, why not take a break and laugh a little?

~ Lianna Rossman, L’14 ~

Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.

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ALR Student’s Corner: iPhone J.D.

iPhone J.D. is “the oldest and largest website for lawyers using iPhones and iPads.”  Jeff Richardson started the iPhone J.D. blog in November 2008. He practices at the law office of Adams and Reese, LLP, representing defendants in class action and complex litigation. He also sits on the technology committee and manages the firm’s business acceptance.


iPhone J.D. is a wonderful source for information about technology, useful to both attorneys and law students. The intended audience of the blog is attorneys looking to successfully implement technology within their law offices.  The blog links to outside sources that are both legal and techie, such as additional sources about apps or discussions about the 5th Amendment implications of the new fingerprint sensor on the iPhone. There are few ads on the blog, giving it a clean, straight-to-the-point interface. Readers can receive updates to the blog by RSS feed and may contact Mr. Richardson via email and other social media.

The introduction of each post usually has a review of an Apple related product, such as the iPad or iOS7. However, interspersed throughout the posts, there are links to articles that both law students and practicing attorneys will find fascinating. As a law student, I find the app reviews to be the most helpful because I love incorporating my own iPhone and iPad into my studies at Charlotte School of Law. I have already downloaded the app for SCOTUSblog and the Rulebook app, which includes the Bluebook and federal and state court rules.


iPhone J.D. also dedicates posts to changing the settings on different Apple products to make them more user friendly – something very specific and extremely helpful that lawyers can become just too busy to learn.  So, Mr. Richardson takes many of his readers step-by-step through the process of making their technology more compatible to their lives, especially since the change to iOS7.

The reason this blog landed in the top 100 of legal blogs is because it addresses a very real issue in our lives as lawyers, law students, and people – the fast pace and ever-changing face of technology and how, as busy professionals, we manage to keep pace with it.  If we don’t keep up with technology, we risk missing an opportunity to make our jobs more efficient and useful, or our candidacy for jobs more attractive.  iPhone J.D. is a great resource for lawyers looking to learn more about using and customizing technology within their law practices.

~Christine Caplinger, L’14~

Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.

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